Sri Lanka cricket April 19, 2014

SLC surprised by Farbrace's possible move

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SLC has expressed surprise and disappointment "in no uncertain terms" at the news that Sri Lanka head coach Paul Farbrace may be recruited as England's new assistant coach, after the ECB confirmed their interest in Farbrace to SLC. Farbrace is presently contracted to SLC until December 31, 2015 , but it now appears he may not serve out the remainder of his term.

Paul Downton, the ECB's managing director, however, said the board would take a few more days in naming an assistant coach: "We are involved in advance negotiations to appoint an assistant coach but with due respect to his current employers, we are not going to make an announcement today. We hope to make an announcement soon."

SLC had had no inkling that Farbrace may not continue in his role, until British news outlets reported his possible move to England on Friday. SLC officials have since repeatedly attempted to contact Farbrace, who is in England, but these efforts "have proved futile".

In a statement, SLC has said it is particularly disappointed because "the Sri Lanka national team will be visiting England within the next few weeks" for a full tour, featuring two Tests, five ODIs and a T20.

"SLC is currently in communication with the ECB, but have informed them that we cannot progress this matter further until Paul Farbrace establishes a dialogue with SLC, since our contractual obligations are with the individual," the release said.

Farbrace's contract began on January 1 this year, but he only took charge of the team before their tour of Bangladesh, which began on January 24. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said Farbrace's contract carries an exit-clause, which requires the coach to give the board six months' notice before leaving his position. If that notice is not observed, Farbrace will likely be compelled to give financial compensation for his early departure, even though his tenure is still inside a six-month probationary period, Ranatunga said

In Farbrace's two-and-a-half months with the side, Sri Lanka have won the Asia Cup and the World T20, and lost only one match out of 18, across all formats. Farbrace had not been part of the Sri Lanka team's Colombo reception after the World T20 win, having left the country soon after the team landed.

SLC will face a significant crisis if Farbrace takes up the England position, as they have a full international schedule in the four months beginning in May. Following the tour of Ireland and England, Sri Lanka is set to host no.1 Test side South Africa at home in July, before Pakistan's expected arrival for another full tour in August.

Sri Lanka have also built methodically towards the 2015 World Cup - an event they feel they have a significant chance of winning, given their ODI form in Australia over the past few years - but they must now contemplate the possibility of arriving at that tournament with a head coach who has been with the team for less than a year.

Before Farbrace took over the Sri Lanka job, financial limitations had severely hindered SLC's hunt for a new national coach once Graham Ford announced he would leave the post in January. Sri Lanka's position in world cricket and the board's crippling debt has meant that it is largely only attractive to coaches on the make, instead of the well-established names.

Weeks after accepting the role, in February, Farbrace had said he was "excited" to be working with the team, which featured a band of developing young players. He is also believed to have settled well within the side.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    I think the surprise to me is that Farbrace cam back to SL after enduring a possible life threatening attack during the last SL tour to mainland Pakistan. He must be a speciac character to forget about that (and rightly so) and take up ta top job with SL when SL were in limbo. Also I think he would be wasting his time with England.....and having to play second fiddle to Moores although that might not be a surprise. I would also be surprised if SL matched the salary he woud get as England Assistant Coach. The worrying thing is why is SJ going public with this ? He brought-in Farbrace.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | April 21, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Despite the successful results Sri Lanka gets still Sri Lanka don't do things the right way. Sri Lanka saves electricity by switching of street lights for example. And Sri Lanka's cricket rarely looked really attractive despite a few individually brilliant cricketers. One can't blame Farbrace. Sri Lanka as a nation requires a serious overhaul.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | April 21, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Given the kind of politicking that goes on and CSL's limited financial resources, it will always remain a challenge to retain foreign coaches. The long term solution for CSL is to have a Sri Lankan coach for the team.

  • POSTED BY ksquared on | April 20, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I think SLC should seriously consider getting a local coach if indeed Farbrace is leaving apart from saving money I think someone who has worked with the young guys before and can communicate with them will do a lot of good. The current coaching set up sans Farbrace still looks good so I don't see much of a problem in any case having Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan in the side is good as having any coach. One things for certain this whole saga shows how unprofessional and unethical the ECBs conduct has been. People were asking if the Big 3 could be trusted well you have got your answer it's a resounding NO.

  • POSTED BY Edward_de_Coonghe on | April 20, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Though a tiny dot in the Indian ocean, we have won two world cups, have reached the finals and semis many times. We play our own brand of cricket. The credit should not go to foreign coaches. They come for our money and not because they love SL. Our boys have natural flair and play instinctively.We had gentlemen cricketers with high technique such as Mike T., Anura T., Roy D., Sidath W. just to name a few. Get one such past great as Head Coach and have specialist batting, bowling and fielding coaches. Also SLC should be run by past cricketers and not by politicians or businessmen. Why should sports bodies report to the Sports Minister if run according to their respective constitutions?

  • POSTED BY Felix1025 on | April 20, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    I too feel Hathurusinghe, Rumesh Rathnayake will do a better job than Marvan. Pls involve Roy Dias in the Batting development. Keep Marvan as batting coach but get the help of great Roy Dias. Or Marvan can play a secondary role under Roy Dias in batting. Dear HE The President, please help clean the SLC.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Bye Farby! Appreciate what you did! It is your turn Marvan. Show us what you can.

  • POSTED BY Ellis on | April 20, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    It is no accident that no coach stays long in the job in Sri Lanka. I know Fabrace and he has a deep liking for Sri Lanka, it's people, and it's cricketers. He intensely dislikes the interference from SLC officials each of whom has an agenda. That issue was also one for previous coaches. Nishantha Ranatunga in particular makes unsubstantiated statements and never seems to be disciplined for them. Sanath Jayasuriya is doing his best to keep the team together and create the right atmosphere. To some extent, he is swimming upstream. Fabrace is a decent man and a free man. He will make his own decisions. A lesson here which will not be learned by SLC is that too many cooks spoil the soup. Leave the Cricket to the selectors, coaches, and players. Stick to your knitting.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 20, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    All I realized in his words, was that he loves Sri Lanka so much. He gave us a hope. And he proved he was the right person. And we love to have him. I think he will not leave us. I hope he will not leave us :(

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 20, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    I don't think he will go. I have faith in him. He is a great character, and he will not do anything bad. I don't know whether he will do it or not, but that's my gut feeling.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    I think the surprise to me is that Farbrace cam back to SL after enduring a possible life threatening attack during the last SL tour to mainland Pakistan. He must be a speciac character to forget about that (and rightly so) and take up ta top job with SL when SL were in limbo. Also I think he would be wasting his time with England.....and having to play second fiddle to Moores although that might not be a surprise. I would also be surprised if SL matched the salary he woud get as England Assistant Coach. The worrying thing is why is SJ going public with this ? He brought-in Farbrace.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | April 21, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Despite the successful results Sri Lanka gets still Sri Lanka don't do things the right way. Sri Lanka saves electricity by switching of street lights for example. And Sri Lanka's cricket rarely looked really attractive despite a few individually brilliant cricketers. One can't blame Farbrace. Sri Lanka as a nation requires a serious overhaul.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | April 21, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Given the kind of politicking that goes on and CSL's limited financial resources, it will always remain a challenge to retain foreign coaches. The long term solution for CSL is to have a Sri Lankan coach for the team.

  • POSTED BY ksquared on | April 20, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I think SLC should seriously consider getting a local coach if indeed Farbrace is leaving apart from saving money I think someone who has worked with the young guys before and can communicate with them will do a lot of good. The current coaching set up sans Farbrace still looks good so I don't see much of a problem in any case having Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan in the side is good as having any coach. One things for certain this whole saga shows how unprofessional and unethical the ECBs conduct has been. People were asking if the Big 3 could be trusted well you have got your answer it's a resounding NO.

  • POSTED BY Edward_de_Coonghe on | April 20, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Though a tiny dot in the Indian ocean, we have won two world cups, have reached the finals and semis many times. We play our own brand of cricket. The credit should not go to foreign coaches. They come for our money and not because they love SL. Our boys have natural flair and play instinctively.We had gentlemen cricketers with high technique such as Mike T., Anura T., Roy D., Sidath W. just to name a few. Get one such past great as Head Coach and have specialist batting, bowling and fielding coaches. Also SLC should be run by past cricketers and not by politicians or businessmen. Why should sports bodies report to the Sports Minister if run according to their respective constitutions?

  • POSTED BY Felix1025 on | April 20, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    I too feel Hathurusinghe, Rumesh Rathnayake will do a better job than Marvan. Pls involve Roy Dias in the Batting development. Keep Marvan as batting coach but get the help of great Roy Dias. Or Marvan can play a secondary role under Roy Dias in batting. Dear HE The President, please help clean the SLC.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Bye Farby! Appreciate what you did! It is your turn Marvan. Show us what you can.

  • POSTED BY Ellis on | April 20, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    It is no accident that no coach stays long in the job in Sri Lanka. I know Fabrace and he has a deep liking for Sri Lanka, it's people, and it's cricketers. He intensely dislikes the interference from SLC officials each of whom has an agenda. That issue was also one for previous coaches. Nishantha Ranatunga in particular makes unsubstantiated statements and never seems to be disciplined for them. Sanath Jayasuriya is doing his best to keep the team together and create the right atmosphere. To some extent, he is swimming upstream. Fabrace is a decent man and a free man. He will make his own decisions. A lesson here which will not be learned by SLC is that too many cooks spoil the soup. Leave the Cricket to the selectors, coaches, and players. Stick to your knitting.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 20, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    All I realized in his words, was that he loves Sri Lanka so much. He gave us a hope. And he proved he was the right person. And we love to have him. I think he will not leave us. I hope he will not leave us :(

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 20, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    I don't think he will go. I have faith in him. He is a great character, and he will not do anything bad. I don't know whether he will do it or not, but that's my gut feeling.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Even if Farbrace stays it wouldn't be the same as before because SLs thriving formula is different from other teams.SL culture always relies on mutual understanding and respect. When that is hampered, I don't see any use of Farbrace with SL (Which has already happened). It will be a shock touring England in a background like this. But They will absorb it as they have done dozens of times before, hopefully before the WC 2015. We all got to accept this because governance of cricket has now started to respect money than respect sheer talent and basic objectives of sports. So parties involved will do the same as basic values are being changed. Hope SL cricket bounces back stronger that before soon. SL cricket is a collective effort not a star show. If one goes others will absorb responsibilities. They can. They will.

  • POSTED BY KosalaDeSilva on | April 20, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    It's really interesting that ECB think that they can turn everything,if they change the coach. First , if Farbrace want to work for his country , SLC should let him go. Thats same as ,players play for different teams, IPL. It's becoming more and more about money.

    But the thing is,if ECB really want to change the team culture, thats not going to happen by changing the coach. It's cricketing structure here in UK. Players not used to work as a team any more...at least not as much as in SL. They play for their club , play the match and leave. It's more like much to do with personal pride and performance. They may have their own personal batting/ bowling coaches, but not much about bonding as a team...and also sad to say that they are bit more selfish. If you visit SL, it's all about playing as a team. They don't have their personal coaches. they ask team mates to correct their faults, advice. share free time and most importantly enjoy each others success. ECB should understand that

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | April 20, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Even fabrace leave, Sanga , Mahela leave Sri Lanka Cricket will not go down. It has enough talent in backyard. Give them opportunity. Results will come.

  • POSTED BY Modestman on | April 20, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    yeah...yeah...Farbrace or no Farbrace we Lankans play good cricket.You wanna leave...you just leave....Question is are they gonna rely on a foreign coach again or will they promote Marvan to the position.I think they should make him the head coach.Home grown is home grown...give Marvy the chance...

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    If he truly approached ECB for the new job we must let him go, how can he come back and keep the same environment with all the players and SLC after all this . and we need someone with full commitment lankans do have the talent and our strength is team spirit therefore we just need to find a good team player as the coach , we must go for Hathurusinghe !!!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 20, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    It's time to end this nonsense We should not relay on foreign coaches any more. Forget about t20, our odi and test team contains most experienced players in the world and they are like coaches on the ground. It is time to introduce a new tradition for our cricket. Always go for local coaches

  • POSTED BY goldeneye075 on | April 20, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Farbrace was a good coach, but the matter that we need to point out is why are these coaches going away from the sri lanka ? It shows the Sri lankan board is at this position, THEY are unable to pay the players, have lot of trouble communicating with the players and not it seems they also unable to please the coach it self. The sl board is at a very bad financial position and they are not trying to improve the situation. People need some gratitude or some respect in advance , SL board is unable to give any of those to it's players or for the coach. The current senior players are only playing on their own to prove the world that they are great players, as this is their last away series before they say good bye. As for Sanga he needs to make the record books strait before the goodbye, so the team will play well until Sanga & Mahela is still around once they are gone Team Sri Lanka will be lower than the lowest test playing nation, so it's a matter of time. So its not getting a new coach

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Totally agree with everything Jono Makim has said.

    A guy who's been coaching English age-group cricketers is now suddenly wanted by everybody. He only coached Sri Lanka for just over 3 months (specifically 3 months and 6 days!!) and in that period Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup and World Cup. Taking nothing away from Farby, how much of these two wins can really be credited to him? I'm sure SL had almost everything planned for these 2 tournaments way before he became the coach. If he leaves, that's almost like saying he has nothing to do with SL or the 2 recent wins.

    If Farby does decide to ditch the better team for money, this is the best chance for SL to hire a local coach. Our coaches have proved that they are more than capable of doing the job (Pubudu Dasanayaka, Roy Dias, etc) by doing exceptionally well for foreign countries.

    Anyway, the best coach in the world wouldn't be successful if there is no talent and brains to work with. Good luck, England.

    Let's see what Farby does. :)

  • POSTED BY merandy on | April 20, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    If ECB thinks that by hiring Fabrace, they can build a strong England team, you are so wrong. You can not make a good soup without quality ingredients that is necessary to make a good soup. Likewise Sri Lanka has good quality players and their culture values the team work. The strength and the success of the Sri Lanka team in T-20 World cup was not Fabrace. May be he helped to change the mentality (I have doubt). Lot of credit should go to Sri Lanka's assistant coaches, especially Vaas the bowling coach. Sri Lanka now should consider having their own coach. I think when three senior players leave, Sri Lanka can bring Marvan Atapattu as the coach. I think Sri Lanka should have Chandika Haturusinghe or Roy Dias. If Fabrace quits from Sri Lanka job, he will soon find that he made the biggest mistake in his life!

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | April 19, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Good Luck Paul. ECB wants what SL got. The thing is that SL recent past performances are because of the organization, which inlcuded coaches (Paul, Marvan, Vaas etc), support staff, selectors (Sanath and Co.), and players' compasion, fitness, heart, and mind. Can ECB do the same ???

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | April 19, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Many talk about local talent. Having a foreign coach is not about talent. There are far more talented SL coaches than Farbrace. But we need a coach who can stay above the local politics. A foreigner can. A local will struggle.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Find local coaches like Hathurusinge Arvinda de silava why not try with 1996 world cup winning captain ARJUNA? our team is fit for any type of coaching staff so do not mind Paul Exit trust on our boys they will bring the glory to our country

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    What surprises me is the callous disregard he has shown not only towards SLC but perhaps more importantly, the players who have a tour of England in a matter of weeks. I expected more from him as a professional and I'm very disappointed! Even if ECB compensates SLC financially, the Sri Lankan team will struggle to fill the position at such short notice. I would love to see a Lankan coach leading the team but I think he will struggle to perform his duties with the constant political interference and an inept administration. It is most likely that Marvan may become interim coach but I don't think he is suited as a long term option. I guess this is the new reality of cricket - the 'Big 3' can do whatever they want with threats of curtailed future tours and the smaller nations will simply have no option but to capitulate.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    dont depend foring try eith our guys like mavan.

  • POSTED BY Vicky_Maly on | April 19, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Wonder why Fabrace is kicking away the opportunity of being the No.1 man of a team which is buzzing with talent and real potential of winning tournaments... and going as a 2nd coach of a factious, political and low-on-talent English team. And to say that he has any hand in SLC's recent victories is plain hogwash. He jsut inherited a team in top form. He just had to step in and make sure the auto-pilot wasn't meddled with. He jsut happened to be at the right place at the right time. I guess Fabrace and ECB deserve each other.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I saw this coming...Paul was not in WC celebrations.. strangely quit after landing to SL. he was not as jubiliant as others of coaching staff.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Let me think ...... as a professional coach England or Sri Lanka hmmmmmm

    eveytime England , more money i can live at home...enfuff said

  • POSTED BY dewey on | April 19, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    I would take this is as an opportunity. I think coach Farbrace is a good coach preparing the team mentally. A coach cannot give you talent. But, can change your approach into the game. By luck or not, coach Farbrace's tenure with SL team has brought us wonders. If Eng wants our coach, we should trade his contract for a good bounty. As few mentioned, we do have options to replace him if the need arises. Until then, take this as an opportunity instead of a problem.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    anyway best of luck farbrace our coach

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    ungrateful.moody left sri lanka his coaching lif is over so im sure its gonna be same for him also.no one can coach a talent less ego ridden england team

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Ha ha good on SLC... The way they treated Geof Marsh is soo unprofessional...

  • POSTED BY Niketh2000 on | April 19, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Disagree!Disagree!Disagree!

    Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    so the coach is leaving? so what he is not jose mourinho... grame ford actually built this squad not farbrace and has been pointed out by many the team can effctively run itself this is not football either where the manager spoon feeds tactics... we need to appoint a local coach.. hathurusinghe would be ideal but its about time we look at our own talent... there are plenty of coaches in sl who would love to coach the national team and they would do a fine job... Come on SLC sack this guy

  • POSTED BY CUPULW on | April 19, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    DAV WHATMORE, ROY DIAS, CHANDIKA HATHURUSINGHE - 3 international class coaches of Sri Lankan origin. About time SLC go after them rather than "promote" wannabe coaches for higher positions.

    Funny that people give credit to Farbrace for the T20 win. the team were in Bangladesh long time before he came along and prepared for it. to say he won it for sri lanka is injustice to all the boys who did it , some despite injuries.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | April 19, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Give someone reliable (Whatmore is out of a job right now) the job as interim coach until the England tour is over and then sit back and carefully select an international coach. Make the contract watertight so that leaving early wont be an option. I have nothing against a local coach but local coaches are more prone to dissent from players and politics from the establishment than a foreign coach.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | April 19, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Life less English ... looking to find gem, it is not the couch in Srilanka ... the system and culture that runs the system SL does not need big names we have big names (Sana, Vass, Muraly, Athapathu ... ). if English steel Paul it does not mean they are going to succeed they need to change there culture ... if you keep your best player out of cricket you never going to win ...

    they is only 8 teams

  • POSTED BY AS7777 on | April 19, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Paul Farbrace must contact SLC officials and needs to settle down this immediately. It will be good for him and SLC. Because both sides preparing for a series in England in couple of weeks.

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | April 19, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    No need of foreign coaches. Give it to Roy Dias. He is a gem we have. Roy, Marvan, Vass, Kalpage can do the job with Mahela and Sanga already in the team.

  • POSTED BY sanctam on | April 19, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Why don't SLC consider Chandika Hathurusinghe to head coach job whose doing good in Australia ???

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Good luck to Paul. Can't blame the guy. I'm sure there's more money and stability involved. It doesn't take a genius to see SLC is managing money badly.

    People involved with the SLC have a "inferiority" complex when it comes to foreign coaches, so "deserving" local candidates will not get a chance.

    We shall see how the side functions without a coach for a while. It would be nice to see Dias, Attapattu or Haturusinghe getting a crack at being the Sri Lankan coach.

  • POSTED BY Asvidu on | April 19, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I don't agree with most of the fellow Sri Lankans here. I think Paul and/or supporting staff influenced massively in recent success. Some tactical decisions specially team selection, batting order,fielding positioning of individual players had an insight which they lacked earlier. Its cheap work by ECB, poor from SLC if Fabrace leaves the country. He may have his reasons too, but it is a big loss to SL Cricket if it so

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | April 19, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    I support both Sri Lankan & English Cricket. I was hoping Mr Farbrace would honour his contract with SLC at least until the 2015 World Cup. Anyway, history shows that successful SL coaches like Whatmore, Moody, Bayliss etc. whose CVs and profiles improved tremendously during their Sri Lankan tenures, have not been able to replicate their successes in their subsequent assignments. Lets hope that the same fate does not befall Paul Farbrace whose stock has risen rapidly in the three months of his management of Sri Lankan Cricket. I think Mr Farbrace has been recruited as a fallback, just in case Peter Moores does not succeed in his second stint. After all, I repeat , Paul Farbrace's stock is pretty high at the moment and if the fallback situation materialises, he should insist on bringing KP back.

  • POSTED BY AS7777 on | April 19, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka made Paul Farbrace from the beginning. First he was the assistant coach, now the head coach and I think he owed to Sri Lanka something. Do Sri Lanka really need a coach? Maven can play the head coach role and he will be assisted by Vass and Kalpage or Sanga and Mahela can do that role like in the world cup too.. problem solved.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | April 19, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Actually I am happy about this. It is high time Sri Lanka gets over this feeling that foreign coaches are better. Surely we can find a good local coach. Why not look at Roy Dias? Even Marvan Atapattu can be our coach. Considering the financial situation at SLC, a guy like Atapattu will be perfect. Sooner Farbace leaves the better.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 19, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Dave watmore is THE coach of cricket.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 19, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Paul is leaving , So

  • POSTED BY Poholiyadda on | April 19, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    The guy who is sitting next to Paul Farbrace in the above picture has scored over 20 000 runs and captured more than 400 wickets in all international cricket. So even if Paul Farbrace leaves SLC should not worry about it. because they already have lot of coaching resources of their own in the set up such as Marvan, Kalpage and Vass.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | April 19, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Sri Lanka is the easiest team in the world to coach. As someone said earlier, they don't even need a designated captain. As the head coach, all you need to is, sit back 'n let the team do their thing and cash the paycheck end of the month. Sri Lanka's strength is their ability to thrive as a team. So it doesn't really matter who the coach is. So there is nothing to worry about in SL perspectives.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    he should comlete his contaract with SL

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    wow that is very dissaponting if he leaves us,hope SLC can workout something with him

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    So you are head coach with one of the best white ball squads in the world and you go take a job as assistant with England? The bucks may be way bigger but you are not doing much for your credentials, dumb move I think.

    From a Lankan perspective I wouldn't worry too much, Geoffrey Boycotts mum could probably coach SL right now... they showed during the T20 that they don't even really need a captain!

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    SLC pls pls now think of giving our own local talent the top job. We have been a world class team during the past 20 years which means we have enough talent to find a coach. These foreign coaches are a bunch of money makers with no talent or track record to prove.

  • POSTED BY THEBEAST7 on | April 19, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @ MH19 Agreed 100% with you mate. Kick him out. Lets try to get Stephan Fleming or may be Shane Warne for the job. Both will have in-depth knowledge of the conditions in Australia and New Zealand. Which will help us in 2015. We, our team made Paul Farbrace an international sensation. A coach is only as good as his team. Lets see how England will do with him. England is nothing without KP.

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | April 19, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    100% agree with @MH19. Farbace is not the only good coach in this world. If he thinks SL won 2 titles(asia cup and T20 world cup) because of him he is completely mistaken. SL won because of the talent that we possess in our team and the experience all the players have. So if Farbace want to go let him go. It's high time we start looking for some local coaches. Not only we save money in our country but also have someone who won't leave the job half way through

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    World cup winning coach going as an assistant coach. funny game cricket is. I personally loved his coaching style. But money talks I guess. Tough luck SL Cricket. I hope he makes the correct decision.

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | April 19, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    If Farbrace leaves, it will be absolutely ridiculous. Whats the point in signing contracts, if you don't abide by them? Hes contracted till the end of 2015 and Paul should stay. This will be a big blow for SL, if he leaves. SL churn out coaches the way PAK used to churn our captains in the 90s.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Tom moody should be our next coach............

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | April 19, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    If ECB approached SLC they should immediately sack Paul Farbrace for approaching another job whilst having a contract with SL. We can always find a another coach and our cricket will move on. No one is indispensable in this world and anyone is replaceable.

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  • POSTED BY MH19 on | April 19, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    If ECB approached SLC they should immediately sack Paul Farbrace for approaching another job whilst having a contract with SL. We can always find a another coach and our cricket will move on. No one is indispensable in this world and anyone is replaceable.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Tom moody should be our next coach............

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | April 19, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    If Farbrace leaves, it will be absolutely ridiculous. Whats the point in signing contracts, if you don't abide by them? Hes contracted till the end of 2015 and Paul should stay. This will be a big blow for SL, if he leaves. SL churn out coaches the way PAK used to churn our captains in the 90s.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    World cup winning coach going as an assistant coach. funny game cricket is. I personally loved his coaching style. But money talks I guess. Tough luck SL Cricket. I hope he makes the correct decision.

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | April 19, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    100% agree with @MH19. Farbace is not the only good coach in this world. If he thinks SL won 2 titles(asia cup and T20 world cup) because of him he is completely mistaken. SL won because of the talent that we possess in our team and the experience all the players have. So if Farbace want to go let him go. It's high time we start looking for some local coaches. Not only we save money in our country but also have someone who won't leave the job half way through

  • POSTED BY THEBEAST7 on | April 19, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @ MH19 Agreed 100% with you mate. Kick him out. Lets try to get Stephan Fleming or may be Shane Warne for the job. Both will have in-depth knowledge of the conditions in Australia and New Zealand. Which will help us in 2015. We, our team made Paul Farbrace an international sensation. A coach is only as good as his team. Lets see how England will do with him. England is nothing without KP.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    SLC pls pls now think of giving our own local talent the top job. We have been a world class team during the past 20 years which means we have enough talent to find a coach. These foreign coaches are a bunch of money makers with no talent or track record to prove.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    So you are head coach with one of the best white ball squads in the world and you go take a job as assistant with England? The bucks may be way bigger but you are not doing much for your credentials, dumb move I think.

    From a Lankan perspective I wouldn't worry too much, Geoffrey Boycotts mum could probably coach SL right now... they showed during the T20 that they don't even really need a captain!

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    wow that is very dissaponting if he leaves us,hope SLC can workout something with him

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    he should comlete his contaract with SL